The 2020 Census Is Less Than A Year Away. How Will It Be Different This Time Around? Monday, April 15, 2019 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. This March 23, 2018 photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census test letter mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I. Michelle R. Smith / AP Photo The Census is less than a year away. We’ll look at some of the challenges facing the count, including how people who’ve experienced natural disasters will be accounted for. NPR National Correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins us to tell us what you need to know about the 2020 Census and how some new changes could affect the process.